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Special Feature: Sex Offenders - Registration and Notification

Featured Legislation

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)
SORNA, Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248), provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. It aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law and generally strengthens the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs.

Publications

Registered Sex Offenders: Sharing More Information Will Enable Federal Agencies to Improve Notifications of Sex Offenders' International Travel
Government Accountability Office, February 2013

Sex Offender Registration and Notification in the United States: Current Case Law and Issues
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, July 2012

Model Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code-Revised
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, May 2011

Supplemental Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, May 2010

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Policies for Reducing Sexual Violence Against Women, Final Report
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2010

Fifty State Survey of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Requirements
National Institute of Corrections, September 2009

Sex Offender Registration and Notification: Research Finds Limited Effects in New Jersey
National Institute of Justice, April 2009

Unintended Consequences of Sex Offender Residency Laws: Can GIS Mapping Help?
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, August 2008

Frequently Asked Questions: The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Final Guidelines
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office, July 2008

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Substantial Implementation Checklist
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office, July 2008

The National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification -- Final Guidelines 2008
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office, June 2008

Convicted Sex Offenders: Factors That Could Affect the Successful Implementation of Driver's License-Related Processes to Encourage Registration and Enhance Monitoring
Government Accountability Office, January 2008

Sex Offender Registry Laws: From Jacob Wetterling to Adam Walsh
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking Office, July 2007

Juvenile Offenders and Sex Offender Registries: Examining the Data Behind the Debate
Federal Probation, Volume 70, Issue 3, December 2006

National Sex Offender Registry: New Hires Data Has Potential for Updating Addresses of Convicted Sex Offenders
Government Accountability Office, July 2006

Experiences and Attitudes of Registered Female Sex Offenders
Federal Probation, Vol. 68, Issue 3, December 2004

Summary of State Sex Offender Registries, 2001
Bureau of Justice Statistics, March 2002

Sex Offender Community Notification: Assessing the Impact in Wisconsin, Research in Brief
National Institute of Justice, December 2001

Community Notification and Education
Center for Sex Offender Management, April 2001

Sex Offender Community Notification: Assessing the Impact in Wisconsin
National Institute of Justice, December 2000

Summary of State Sex Offender Registries: Automation and Operation, 1998
Bureau of Justice Statistics, August 1999

Summary of State Sex Offender Registry Dissemination Procedures
Bureau of Justice Statistics, August 1999

National Conference on Sex Offender Registries
Bureau of Justice Statistics, April 1998

Sex Offender Community Notification
National Institute of Justice, February 1997

Juvenile Offenders Required to Register Under SORNA: A Fact Sheet
Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration and Tracking Office, No publication date available

Tribe and Territory Registry System 
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, No publication date available

For additional resources, visit the Justice System: Sex Offender Registries section of our site and conduct a search of the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

Related Resources

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Web site
This Web site, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between the state agencies hosting public sexual offender registries and the Federal government. This Web site is a search tool allowing a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders through a number of search options.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): National/State Sex Offender Public Registry
This Web site provides links to individual state sex offender registry Web sites. The state registries are used to populate the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Web site.

Sex Offender Registration Case Law Updates
This section of the Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office Web site provides links to case law updates related to sex offenders.

Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) Office
The responsibilities of the SMART Office include providing states with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act and providing technical assistance to the states, territories, Indian tribes, local governments, and to public and private organizations. The SMART Office also develops the SMART Watch Newsletter, which highlights activities, resources, funding opportunities, and upcoming events related to sex offenders.

U.S. Marshals Service
The U.S. Marshals Service is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offender registration violations and related offenses in connection with violations of the Adam Walsh Act.

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